Michelin Guide 2017: Triumph for old and new as London restaurants score stars
The London Michelin Guide for 2017: London's oldest Indian restaurant triumphs alongside new hipster favourite, Ellory, Hackney
For some, like London's oldest Indian restaurant Veeraswamy, Michelin approval takes decades. But for others, like Hackney's Ellory, the wait has been mere months.
Michelin stars are awarded to restaurants whose offering is deemed to be world class. And current big name holders of Michelin stars in London include the eponymous Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Le Gavroche in Mayfair.
The restaurants awarded with stars for the first time in 2017 were The Five Fields in Chelsea, Céleste at The Lanesborough, Ellory in Hackney, The Ninth in Fitzrovia and Adam Byatt's Trinity in Clapham.
Two widely known restaurants were also (finally) awarded Michelin stars. Those were The Ritz, and Veeraswamy, London's oldest Indian restaurant.
London restaurants to lose Michelin stars for 2017 included contemporary Marylebone restaurant L'Autre Pied, Mayfair's Wild Honey, Launceston Place in South Kensington and The Square, Mayfair.
Restaurants offering high quality food in less pricey and more accessible environments are awarded Bib Gourmands - and 15 new names made the 2017 list. Celebrating high quality without the formality, winners of this award are often located in modern food hubs, like Hackney and Soho. Winners this year included Hopper's, Paradise Garage, Vico and Legs in Hackney.